Theatre and Art

Julie Edwards

Department Chair

Contact: (318) 759-2316

Broadcast, Tech Theatre I and II, Fine Arts Survey, Speech, Tech Team Leader

My name is Julie Edwards and, yes, I am a Parkway graduate, class of 76. I've been teaching at PHS since 1984. I consider this home. I have a beautiful daughter, Ms. Phillips, who teaches across the hall from me. I am very blessed. I also have a grand puppy, Allie (her own instagram is allie_the_aussie) and a cute little mini sheltie, Kelly Kelly. I received my Masters Degree from Northeast La. University in 1984. Along my path, I also went to Centenary, BPCC, and La. Tech. While at PHS, I have written and received many grants, either for the KPAW class or equipment for the Theatre. I am the director of the play "Beyond the Grave" since 2000 at Word of Life Center. I am also the lighting designer for Emmett Hook Center which is located at the First United Methodist Church downtown and the lighting designer for Shreveport Little Theatre. I love to be spontaneous and have fun. I have created the curriculum for Tech Theatre I/II and Broadcasting classes. I hope this gives you some insight on me! I LOVE sharks, Harry Potter, Disney and Universal! Can't wait to have you in class.
Mrs. Julie "Jedi" Edwards

Martha Claire Lepore

Contact: (318) 759-

Art 1, Speech and Debate Team

Hey there! My name is Martha Claire Lepore and this is my 8th year teaching, but my 1st year at Parkway. I graduated from Parkway myself in 2009 and I decided it was time to come back home to my Alma Mater! I am a graduate of Louisiana Tech University where I also earned a Master's degree. I am the speech and debate coach alongside Amber Kennedy, and I serve on the Louisiana High School Speech League council where I meet with other coaches across the state to make decisions for the program. I hope whether I meet in you in art or speech and debate that we have a great time!

Gretchen Phillips

Contact: (318) 759-2328

Theatre I, Technical Theatre I, Fine Arts Survey, Prom Coordinator Hello! I am Gretchen Phillips and I am very excited to have you in my class this year. I began teaching at Parkway High School in 2014 and I teach Theatre and Tech Theatre I. I was born and raised a SOBO community member and I am Parkway alumni, class of '09. I attended Bossier Parish Community College and received my Associate's Degree in 2011. I then went on to Louisiana State University in Shreveport to receive my Bachelor's Degree in 2013. I started working at Parkway January 2014. I enjoy going to the theatre, reading, and taking trips. I also have a slight obsession with Harry Potter and the Backstreet Boys. Let's have a great year together!- Phillips

Kym Klaus

Contact: (318) 759-2312

Art I, II & III

Welcome to a new school year! This is my fifth year teaching at Parkway, and I am excited to be teaching Art I, Art II & Art III. Art I is an introduction to all facets of art. Although our primary focus is developing art skills, we also study the elements of art and principles of design to guide your original work and build a foundation from which to better understand the art of history, advertising and other cultures.
In Art II, the focus is building on the skills learned in Art I and working with new or additional media. Art III & Art IV begin with a teacher directed project followed by the opportunity for you, in collaboration with the teacher, to develop the direction of your work for the semester.
As for myself, a Fine Art Survey course was the spring board for my high school Art I class and group art lessons after school. There I learned the basics of drawing and oil painting, fell in love with portraits of people and became passionate about pastels. I attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas where I earned a BFA degree in Visual Art with a concentration in Printmaking. After graduation, I worked in an art gallery in the Dallas area consulting with commercial and residential customers, buying and selling art and framing. In the years that followed, I managed retail clothing stores, worked in Children's ministry at my church and taught art and music to children. In 2003, I was certified as a K-12 art teacher in the public schools.
Following my certification, I taught elementary and high school art for ten years in Lake Charles, LA. My family moved, and I had the privilege of teaching two years of art at Slidell High School before moving to Bossier City the summer of 2016. On a personal note, I have a terrific husband, and we have three wonderful children! I enjoy family time, my church life, reading, playing and working outside, and drawing. I am looking forward to a new school year, and I hope you are too!

Kate Beening

Contact: (318) 759-2235

Special Education

My name is Kate Beening and this is my first year at Parkway High School. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois (Go Cubs Go!). During my high school years, I would volunteer for Special Olympics where I found my passion for education. I attended Illinois State University and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Special Education as a Learning and Behavior Specialist. After college, I was lucky enough to spend my first three years teaching special education in the Chicagoland area prior to meeting my amazing husband and moving to Louisiana.

In my free time, I love spending time with my family, cooking, and working out. One of my main passions is traveling the world and experiencing different communities and cultures. I love to pack my bags on a moment’s notice and catch the next flight out of town to explore new cities all over the world. Earlier this year, I welcomed my first child, Brinley. This summer, I cherished spending every moment with my daughter before starting a new school year.

I am beyond excited to start at Parkway High School and look forward to providing the students with an education that fits their individual needs. Parents are welcome to contact me via email or phone. I am looking forward to an outstanding year!